On Sundays I usually welcome new followers to my blog - so I would like to say hello to Fairuz and Rene.
Today I am going to continue my real time tutorial in the making of New Look 6963. I am using version C.
I have made this blouse before:
|Stay stitch back neck of yoke. Small stitches just inside the seamline|
|Stay stitch the front neck edges.|
|Sew bust darts- already marked yesterday|
Next, the instructions ask you to stitch the back darts:
|Picture to the right, Back C, sew darts|
|Bust darts sewn|
Press darts to centre of garment, or down for the bust darts to meld the stitches. Be careful not to leave an imprint on the right side of the fabric - I sometimes put paper under the dart so that the imprint does not show.
|Press back darts to centre|
Sometimes you find that the instructions will ask you to clip darts like this. If the garment was lined, I probably would, but for a house blouse I know that this dart sits reasonably well, so I am not going to clip it - it will fray unless I hand overlock every clip. And I wouldn't like the look of that. I would rather the slight puckers.
|Bust dart pressed down.|
Now I am going to add a Sarah Liz touch. I am using a cheap broadcloth that really doesn't look that great without something added. I love topstitching, so I am going to add some now - to the darts to add a sporty look. There is a bit of crinkling around the back dart, but my RTW sporty blouses have a lot more!
I have overexposed the next photo as the stitching did not show at all:
|My addition - top stitch back darts, two inches in from either end.|
|My addition: Front dart topstitched to within half an inch of end point.|
Next the instructions ask you to sew the front and back pieces to the yoke:
|Front and back pieces sewn to yoke.|
This pattern onl;y uses one yoke piece and would advise you to press up. You will need to finish the seams in whatever way you like - zig zag, pinking, overlocking, whatever your preferred method.
As I like the topstitched sporty look, I have decided to use a flat fell seam - this is where you trim a seam back and then fold the other one over and under. Like jeans. A lovely clean finish.
|Trim seam back|
|Fold seam over and stitch.|
That's it for today - tomorrow I will show you how the collar, back facing and front facing go together.
Yesterdays post showed you my preparing the interfaced pieces so that they are ready for sewing.